Manchester United and Manchester City set for battle to sign Leicester City star Harry Maguire

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Rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in a bid to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire this summer, according to reports. 

Maguire cemented his reputation as one of the finest central defenders in the Premier League last season, with a succession of impressive displays for Leicester City and England. This built on his international breakthrough at last summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Understandably, he is attracting interest from top clubs. United tried to buy Maguire for £50 million last summer, but Leicester refused to sell him. With a centre-back still a priority signing for new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, their interest in Maguire is set to be renewed.

However, their rivals from the blue half of Manchester are also said to be interested, according to the Daily Star. With Vincent Kompany having left to take over as player-manager of Anderlecht, and rumours Nicholas Otamendi could leave for Atletico Madrid, manager Pep Guardiola needs to strengthen his defence.

However, it could take a record fee for a defender to secure his signature. With the Foxes having turned down £50 million last summer, and Maguire’s reputation having been enhanced since then, a huge fee will likely be needed for Leicester to play ball.

The current record fee for a defender is the £75 million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk. Something similar could well tempt Leicester into selling.

Maguire himself deflected questions about his future at a recent England press conference. However, it is known that he wants to test himself in European competition.